Green Leaf Tourism Scheme
Play your part in a greener forest by Looking out for advertisers showing the Green Leaf!
Across the New Forest, from hotels to horse riding you can be a forest friendly visitor. The beautiful New Forest is the place to go green. You can do your bit by choosing green accommodation, attractions, pubs and restaurants - you can even save money doing so!
Green leaf businesses have made a commitment to:
· Encouraging Car-Free Tourism
· Promoting Local Produce (New Forest Marque)
· Supporting Landscape Conservation
· Encouraging Good Visitor Stewardship
· Reducing Waste
· Supporting Local Communities
We always aim to reduce the traffic associated with tourism. To help you make a choice, a number of tourism business in the New Forest are now offering car-free discounts for leaving your car at home... so be sure to ask before you book. The New Forest Tour Bus takes up to 5 bikes so you can explore the vast network of car-free cycle routes throughout the New Forest without need of your car! Travel to the New Forest by train between June and September to Brockenhurst; Lymington and Beaulieu Road Stations to meet up with the New Forest Tour Bus. Cycle Hire companies at Brockenhurst station can give you maps, advice and of course provide the bikes for a memorable and healthy break.
New Forest Marque Produce
Fresh, truly local & distinctive, discover the fantastic produce of the historic New Forest! Choose from Pannage Pork (pork from forest roaming pigs feeding on acorns) to local cheeses, sea food, wines, beers and of course the New Forest Breakfast! Green Leaf businesses support the New Forest Marque which in tern helps support small & unique forest businesses. So treat yourself....tuck in.......you are on holiday!
Energy, Waste & Recycling
Green Leaf businesses are committed to finding ways to reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and so reducing pollution and Co2 emissions....good news for us all! From solar panels and green energy, to chickens fed on food waste; they are all doing their bit.
Landscape & Conservation
From putting up bird and bat boxes, to planting British native trees and shrubs, Green Leaf businesses are helping to support our wildlife. Some businesses are actively involved in conservation projects by volunteering their time as well....
Why not have a go next time you are down? You can have fun, get fit and help keep the forest special by contacting: Paul Jolliffe on 023 8086 1558 see www.newforestacv.org or Alexis Reeve on 023 8028 6840. think of it as a free ‘Green Gym'...go on you know you want to!
Visitor Stewardship Programme
Green Leaf site visits are for managers, staff and community networks. The purpose of this is to provide the opportunity to learn about forest management, sensitive habitats, recreational issues etc. This knowledge is then passed on to guests, visitors & other staff. Please Ask for a copy of the ‘5 ways to Love the Forest' Leaflet.
GLTS businesses support local communities and help to establish positive relationships between the tourism industry in the New Forest and local communities, through participating in Local Community Tourism Groups or through active participation in local community based events.